Nature Photographer Bill Ratcliffe had 13 covers for Audubon Magazine, a 52 page spread on the Kapairowits Plateau, coffee table books and many others. One Burke & James 4x5 camera with a 10 inch Commercial Ektar lens.
He was excellent and had a file of chromes of Death Valley that are amazing.
Pyrocat HD, a film developer formula that Sandy King came up with.
An Intro to the Pyro Staining Developers - Sandy King Photography
A staining developer. Very inexpensive when you mix it from scratch. Not bad when you buy it from a dealer.
Very good for highlight retention.
Make an X-ProM. A fully Monochrome sensor version of the X-Pro camera line. Leica Monochrome bodies sell OK even though they cost an arm and a leg - with the lenses costing even more in some cases.
A Fuji rangefinder style body set up for Monochrome only would be worth it.